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Derrick "Rick" A. Liehr, age 64, of Oswego, IL, passed away following a battle with cancer at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, August 26, 2008. His spirit fought bravely and although it took his life, his memory will live on in the hearts of all he knew. BORN: He was born March 5, 1944 in Sycamore, IL. EARLY YEARS :Rick grew up in Virgil and attended local schools. After graduation from Kaneland High School, Rick found his calling as a truck driver working for Knox, and Perlman Roque before driving the last seventeen years with Diversified CPC International. MARRIAGE Rick found the love of his life early on in high school and their two hearts became one two years after graduation. They made their home in Marywood for a short time before settling in Oswego for the last forty years. MEMBERSHIPS Rick was a proud member of the Teamsters union. LIFE NOTES Rick loved his family with all of his heart and as his family expanded with the addition of grandchildren, so did his love. Even though he loved his work and "work family" he retired in January 2007 shortly after his terminal diagnosis. Rick made the most of his retirement and instead of succumbing to the reality of his disease he triumphed over it, making the most of his time with family and friends. He was his children’s and grandchildren’s hero, always there to give advice and to lend a helping hand.SURVIVORS He now leaves his loving wife Claudette, Two children:Traci Liehr of Montgomery, IL, and her children Brian and Alex,Jackie (Gregory) Liehr-Hunt of Sycamore, IL, and their children Ashley, Travis, and Bailey. Four siblings:Dorothy Keefe, Eileen (Harold) Valien, Don (Angela) Liehr and Carol (Ron) Tobias; A sister-in-law, Bev Siebert, Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a family of friends. PRECEDED He now joins his mother Dorothy Schmidt and step-father Charles Schmidt who preceded him in death. VISITATION / FUNERAL Visitation will be from 1-4:30 p.m.on Sunday July 31, 2008, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn with a funeral to celebrate his life at 5 p.m. Cremation and family interment will follow at a later date. MEMORIAL A memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. Jude Hospital and American Cancer Society. Checks may be made to the "Rick Liehr Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.
Visitation will be from 1-4:30 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn with a funeral to celebrate his life at 5 p.m.
Cremation and family interment will follow at a later date.